Vladimir Putin

Ghiz, The Hon. Joseph

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The speaker's view or interpretation of Canada, as an individual, as Premier, as shared with his fellow Islanders. A view shaped by history. The Charlottetown Conference of 1864 and beyond. Forces of post-Confederation colonialism that have shaped P.E.I. Factors of geography. A look at some traditional views of P.E.I., and the speaker's view. A brief review of the history of the Island, including the economy. Various federal government policies and their effects on the Island and the larger Atlantic regional economy. A closer examination of three specific national political institutions: the electoral system, the party system, and the Senate and their negative contribution to the current status of Atlantic Canada within Confederation. The Atlantic perspective born of frustration. How equality might be achieved. The need for change and modernization of our national political institutions. The need for the effort to find strength in diversity and for all citizens to become a "central Canadian" regardless of where they live.